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Promoting Caring-Healing Relationships: Bringing Healing Touch to the Bedside in a Multihospital Health System

Swengros, Diane MSN, RN, BC; Herbst, Anna M. MSN, RN, BC; Friesen, Mary Ann PhD, RN, CPHQ; Mangione, Lucrezia MA, LGPC, CMT, CHTP/I; Anderson, Joel G. PhD

doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000051

New legislative mandates, evaluation metrics, and patient demand have led acute care organizations to expand their patient-centered care model to include the use of complementary therapies. One multihospital health system is offering Healing Touch training to nurses who will provide Healing Touch to self, colleagues, and patients, promoting a caring-healing consciousness.

Inova Learning Network, Alexandria, Virginia (Mss Swengros Herbst), Inova, Falls Church, Virginia (Dr Friesen); Handcrafted Health, LLC, Silver Spring, Maryland (Ms Mangione); and Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Therapies, University of Virginia School of Nursing, Charlottesville, Virginia (Dr Anderson).

Correspondence: Mary Ann Friesen, PhD, RN, CPHQ, Inova, 8110 Gatehouse Road, Ste 200W Falls Church, VA 22042 (

The authors thank Jean Edelman, Elizabeth Samuel, Bernice Mowery, and Colleen Brooks for their contribution. This work was supported by funding from the Inova Health System Foundation and the Office of Nursing Research at the University of Virginia School Of Nursing.

Lucrezia Mangione is affiliated with Handcrafted Health, which is a sole proprietorship. Other authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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